An Inspector Calls - Act One

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  • An Inspector Calls - Act One
    • Arthur's Speech (6-7)
      • Birlings' engagement party for Shiela and Gerald
        • Perfect middle class family..sucessful business man
      • Conflict under the surface since Geralds family are superior
        • Gerald says he was busy with work last summer - Shiela "yes, that's what you say" (3)
      • Lectures the men about war and business (6-7)
        • "unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable" - totally wrong about the Titanic
          • DRAMATIC IRONY
            • When Eric asks about war with Germany.. 2 years later WW1
        • When Eric asks about war with Germany.. 2 years later WW1
    • Inspectors Arrival (11)
      • Blunt account of Eva's death (11)
        • "Burnt her inside out" contrasts with/disrupts the polite atmosphere
        • Only shows photo to Mr B
        • FAMILY LIFE
          • Secrets and polite behaviour
      • Mr B sacked Eva to protect business (13-15)
        • Workers went on strike after refuse of pay rise - he then sacked "ring-leaders"
        • Doesn't care about their rights
        • Describes Eva as attractive which makes matters worse
      • Sheila got Eva sacked from next job (20-21)
        • Recognises her in the photograph
          • Feels guilty but presented as a forgiveable character
        • "felt rotten about it at the time" (23)
          • Feels guilty but presented as a forgiveable character
    • Eva is Daisy (19&25)
      • Eric and Sheilas' reactions are sympathetic in comparison to their parents
        • YOUNG & OLD
      • Eric recognises the same & is startled
      • Geralds confession (26)
        • "over and done with last summer"
          • Gerald suggests it should be a secret
        • Sheila suspects the inspector knows a lot more - heightens tension
        • Inspector - "well?" confirms he's in control

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